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Subaru CVT #4484004
08/09/17 07:13 PM
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FFFEMT Offline OP
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Looking at 2017 or 2018 Forester or Outback. Are there still any issues with the CVT transmission, or has Subaru got that issue solved? Thank you for any opinions or information.

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484009
08/09/17 07:18 PM
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Wasn't aware of issues. I thought the Soobie CVT was regarded as pretty dog-gone solid.



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'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Subaru CVT [Re: LoneRanger] #4484013
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LoneRanger- I have heard that there were problems a few years ago. Subaru extended engine powertrain warranties for affected vehicles.

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484017
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I had read about subaru cvt issues from 2010-2013 (?) or maybe even the 2014 as well. Has been resolved from what I understand.


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Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484029
08/09/17 07:34 PM
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The Subaru CVTs are solid units.


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Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484031
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Ended up with a 2012 Legacy sedan for a Wyoming trip. At first I did not care for it but after a few hours of driving I found it to be super smooth, easy to drive. It seems to do a great job of picking the right ratio for most scenarios, The acceleration seems more motivated since there’s no shifting involved, though I did find the M mode paddle shifters kind of nice for bleeding off some speed and saving brakes for several long down hill grades we encountered, but most of the time I just prefered to keep it in D. It seems like the computer is pretty good at shifting the CVT according to conditions up hill down hill, or a need for passing power or a quick slowdown. I had to learn to take a few lbs off of my leadfoot though as the CVT is quite responsive with minimal foot pressure. From what I hear they can be expensive to repair, but then again so are regular automatics. If I were in the market for another vehicle I would not hesitate at all to get a Subaru with CVT.


2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K

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Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484033
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I think that it depends on which car you get.


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Re: Subaru CVT [Re: BJD78] #4484077
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BJD78-If your Legacy was the 2.5i, did it seem to have enough power on the highway and also for the mountains.

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484082
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A friend had the CVT trans die in a '15 Outback with 25k. My dad has the Crosstrek thing with CVT, so far so good, but he doesn't drive much.


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Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484087
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I just received a letter from Subaru for a car I traded in stating they were upping the warranty on the CVT to 100,000 miles. You tell me if they still think they have issues.

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484134
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Well, the Legacy CVT and that boxer type engine 2.5 handled US 14 through the Big Horn Mtns very well and had no issues walking up those grades. I did elect to use the paddle shifters at times, just because I could and it was kind of fun to do on those roads, but the CVT is smart enough to select the gear and rpm that is appropriate. I had not driven in twisty mountain roads for a long time but had no traction issues or lack of power. As I said earlier I had to learn to bleed down my lead foot a bit. The slightest punch into the gas pedal and you can go slingshot mode. I had to adjust to that a bit and increase following distance in city driving. Our trip was good weather, no snow , ice or rain,but it seemed to grip the road welland it had Cooper tires as I recall, CS3 or 4. Not sure with CVT if it is always in AWD or if it is mostly in FWD mode and kicks into AWD as needed. I also recall it had heated seats, (cloth seats) which I had never seen before.... I always thought heated seats had to be leather. Also did not have a temp guage, just an idiot light which I did not like. I would think Forester and Outback would have them. Anyway no problems with power as I could tell, and the Big Horn Mtns of Wyoming are a good test for that and it would have got an A plus from me. CVT does take a while to get used to though.

Last edited by BJD78; 08/09/17 09:44 PM.

2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K

OCI 5K using TSC conventional Travelers oil.
Re: Subaru CVT [Re: CKN] #4484141
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CKN-What year was that Subaru you traded in? Just curious.

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484195
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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IMHO, manufacturers do not arbitrarily increase warranties (especially past the "golden" 60k) when they know their engineering is not up to snuff. You're trying to tell me that Kia has 10/100k warranties because they have issues? They just managed to nab best quality on JD Power or something like that, topping all manufacturers for fewest problems. To me, upping the warranty says they have faith in their product.

Subarus have always been a little different, and there have been some issues (Phase II head gaskets), but especially since then they seem to be fairly swift about resolving any current issues and making sure rolling changes are implemented in production. They wouldn't have just posted their 58th straight month-over-month sales increase if they were selling piles of poo. I'd buy any new Subaru today and bet my yearly salary that any of them make it to 200k with just recommended maintenance if you don't drive batshit crazy (my next one will be Subaru #5, and the costliest repair on any of them was replacing both rear wheel bearings on my 01 Forester at $440).

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484229
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Is the WRX's styling too polar to consider the CVT turbo?

Re: Subaru CVT [Re: FFFEMT] #4484233
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Originally Posted By: FFFEMT
CKN-What year was that Subaru you traded in? Just curious.



It was a 2012 Legacy Limited.

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